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Today: Monday 21st June

The Chancellor will announce a freeze on council tax in England in his budget speech tomorrow. A worker on the rig involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has told the BBC he identified a fault weeks before the explosion which killed 11 people. And Wimbledon is to have an official poet.

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Is the public prepared for tomorrow's budget? Ben Page, from the polling company Mori, outlines the expectations for the budget report.

An internal document has been leaked from BP revealing the amount of oil spilling out from the hole in the ocean could reach 100,000 barrels a day. Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson investigates the extent of the damage in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Defence Secretary Liam Fox will be setting out a framework for the strategic defence review in the Commons today. Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin outlines details of a paper on defence he wrote for the party before the election.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

The International Whaling Commission may lift the 24-year ban on commercial whaling when it meets today. Willie McKenzie from Greenpeace and Nicolas Entrup, from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, debate whether some commercial whaling should be allowed.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Britain's aid agencies are launching an appeal today to help people of Niger where half the country's population is going hungry. Mike Thomson reports on this latest humanitarian crisis.

The paper review.

Wimbledon now has its own official poet to comment on the tennis matches. Poet Matt Harvey and literature professor John Sutherland discuss the different forms of sports commentary.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.

China appears to have gone back on a promise to allow more flexibility in the rate of exchange for its currency. Economist Stephen Bell and Richard McGregor, former Financial Times' bureau chief, debate what effect this move will have on global economy.

The coalition government has recruited Labour ex-cabinet minister John Hutton to find ways to cut the soaring bill for public sector pensions. Bob Summers, from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and the LGA's Sir Steve Bullock examine what options the Chancellor has to fund pensions.

Edwin Land's collection of Polaroid photographs will go on sale at Sotheby's in New York later today. Correspondent Kevin Connolly previews some of the best pictures.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

MPs will hold their first debate today on the strategic defence review. Col Richard Kemp and Robert Fox, defence correspondent for the Evening Standard, debate what cuts are expected in the defence budget.

It's a decade since the human genome was first decoded and published by British and American scientists. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explores the impact of the discovery.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Just a couple of days to go until England's final group stage match against Slovenia in the World Cup. Lynne Truss reflects on the England team's achievements so far.

The body that certifies the sale of "conflict diamonds" is expected to make a decision on whether Zimbabwe should be allowed to resume diamond exports at a high-profile meeting in Israel today. Karen Allen reports on the controversies surrounding this certification

Why is the public preoccupied with the private lives of the politicians? George Pascoe Watson, former editor of the Sun, and Roy Greenslade, former editor of Daily Mirror, debate the media's obsession with the Liberal Democrat minister Chris Huhne who has left his wife for another woman.



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